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Long Overdue Post Baltimore/Hip Surgery Update

I know it has been a long time since I posted, but I am going to start posting again on a more regular basis. For those of you have not been following me, I had the honor of winning the Baltimore Marathon for the second time back on October 17th 2015. It was a great experience and once again the support of the city of Baltimore was amazing. Corrigan Sports continues to do a superb job of organizing running events in the Baltimore area. Other events include the Baltimore 10 Miler and the Frederick Running Festival. I would like to thank Jami Gobao and her Under Armour team not only for their support, but providing me with the most bad ass running gear for training and racing. If you have not tried any of the new Under Armour running shoes you are definitely missing out. I would also like to thank Custom Collagen and Dominic Sessa. I have been using Custom Collagen Hydrolyzed Gelatin ever since injuring my hip leading up to the 2014 Baltimore Marathon. Not only has it helped with my overall well-being it allowed my hip to reach a point that I was able to train and race after doctors told me it would not happen without surgery. It has also helped my recovery from the arthroscopic hip surgery I had back in November (more about the surgery below). Leading up to the 2015 Baltimore Marathon I tweaked my hip again by stepping in a hole while running on a grass field with high grass. Over the past 4 years I would get my hip to a point that I could train/race, but all it took was one slip on mud/ice or stepping into a hole to bring back the pain in my hip. Unfortunately this past fall it happened again a little over one month before the race. With the Baltimore Marathon being so close taking time off was not an option. I ended up changing my entire training program to one where I would do one big workout (high volume/high intensity) once every 4 days. The three days in between would consist of two days off and one day of 20-30 minutes of running. By the fourth day my hip was recovered enough to put in another long/hard effort. In addition to the training changes I was able to see Dominic Sessa a few times in the weeks leading up to the race. The body work he did was amazing. I have never met someone with as much knowledge of the human body and how the different parts interact than Dominic Sessa.

Post marathon I spoke with Medstar Doctor Kenneth Tepper who I had seen in 2013 (along with Doctor Matthew Sedgley) after dropping out of the marathon halfway with left hip/leg pain. First he told me he could not believe I was able to run a marathon with what he had seen in the MRI I had done on my hip 1 year ago. Then he told me when I was ready to take care of my hip once and for all that I should let him know. I had another MRI completed and he performed arthroscopic surgery on my left hip on November 23rd. Initially Dr. Tepper had thought it would just be a simple repair of a torn labrum, but after going in he decided that the head of my femur needed to be shaved down as well. Shaving the head of the femur made it more symmetrical and would hopefully keep the injury from ever occurring again. While repairing the torn labrum he also had to re-attach it with some plastic screws and sutures.

I did not run a step for almost 16 weeks, but was able to ride the stationary bike after around 8 weeks. I am happy to say that I am back to running again and expect to be back to 100% in the next few months. I am still not 100%, but have been able to get in some solid mileage and workouts over the past couple of months.

I am going to do another post about this later, but my next race is going to be the Baltimore 10 Miler on June 4th. I have done the race 3 times before and thoroughly enjoyed my experience each time. If you would like to do the race you can get a $10.00 discount if you use this code B10ZOO !!! It will also be televised live on WMAR ABC2!

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Baltimore Marathon

The Baltimore Marathon is on Saturday! I apologize for not posting in a while, but I have been extremely busy with my new job as the head cross country coach at Stevenson University. Training had been going extremely well up until about 3 weeks ago when my left hip/glute area started bothering me. As with a number of my other injuries it was something minimal that turned out to be much more. In the past it it happened after slipping on ice or mud. This time it happened by stepping in a hole while running in a field with high grass. I am not sure of the exact mechanism of the injury, but I feel like it is a strain to my rectus femoris origin up by my hip/groin area and/or my psoas. I feel like something is contracted in defense and won’t let go…not sure if that makes sense. Anyway it causes a misalignment of my pelvis and a number of issues come up.

With all of that being said I am still running the marathon on Saturday. It was never a thought of mine not to do the race. It is such a great event with such wonderful people. I have been able to get some strong NSAIDs and with the help of them and some adrenaline/endorphins I feel like I will be ready to go for the race.

Also, here is an interview done by Kate Amara from WBAL:

http://www.wbaltv.com/sports/md-runner-looks-to-win-marathon-again/29107210

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the race!

-Dave

Training from Week of 9/1

With the exception of Monday’s workout this week was a down week. I am finally starting to feel fit and am excited to see the consistent high miles pay off later this fall. I posted this already, but I am excited to be running the Baltimore Marathon again on October 18th. Before that I will run the Race for our Kids and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon.

 

Monday 16 miles total on Hilly Roads

11 miles at 5:45–>5:20 in middle

8 miles total

6 x 1:00 hills (Lochinvar) with 2:00 recovery

2 x :30 HARD on grass fields

Tuesday 8 miles total with team

(Ran 2 x 1.5 miles and 1 mile at 6:00/mile with athletes during their workout)

Jay Johnson: Cannonball Routine
Wednesday 7 miles easy with team Jay Johnson: Grant Green Routine
Thursday 6 miles at Under Armour Brand House Harbor Easy (UA Run Club…come run at 6:30 am!) 9 miles total

3 sets of 1 mile/3 x :12 hill sprints (2:00 between everything) Mile Splits of 5:02/4:47/4:46 (Rolling pavement)

Friday 9 miles easy on flat grass fields (65 minutes) none
Saturday 8 miles total at McDaniel Green Terror Challenge XC

-5k XC with top guys 5:52/11:52/19:20

-3k XC HARD 1st in 9:44

(Extremely Hot Today!)

(Super excited that the women won both the individual and team title in the 3k!! #gostangs )

General Strength
Sunday 13 miles easy at Soldiers Delight General Strength

I’m Alive…Update on Life and Training

I’m alive! I apologize for the delay in updates. It has been a whirlwind since Vermont City with the end of the school year and then starting my new position at Stevenson University. I had not been training much either. I had a scare with my peroneals on my right side and then it switched over to my left. I still have some lingering pain on my left side, but it has been getting better day by day. The promising sign is that it is getting better each day even with me increasing training volume and intensity.

I am going to make a longer post in the near future about my new position at Stevenson University and my journey leading up to this point….

Below is my training from last week and the first part of this week. The two weeks before that were all over the place, but significant workouts included 6 x 1:30 uphill one day and 3 x hill circuits on another. Everything else was just easy running with my peroneal issues.

Monday:

–          53 minutes on roads/sidewalks

Tuesday:

–          55 minutes easy on roads/sidewalks

Wednesday: (Grass Athletic Field at Jemicy School)

–          20 minute warm-up

–          12 laps of athletic field alternating 1 lap hard with 1 lap moderate (hard lap was around 1:20 and moderate around 1:40…I do not know the distance)

–          15 minute cool-down

Thursday:

–          1:22 on hilly roads/sidewalks

Friday:

–          55 minutes easy on grass

Saturday:

–          20 minute warm-up

–          16 x :30 HARD (3k effort) with :35-:40 recovery on flat section of dirt road (last 2 were run HARD!)

Sunday:

       – OFF (Traveling back from Pocomoke City, MD)

Monday:

–          1:46 minutes at Soldier’s Delight (25 minutes there and back, but everything else on trails) (1 x :35 HARD over last 2 minutes)

Tuesday:

–          30 minute warm-up

–          6 x :12 Hills sprints with 3:00 jog in between

–          12 minute cool-down

Wednesday: (Grass Athletic Field at Jemicy School)

–          22 minute warm-up

–          8 x 3:00 moderateàhard with 1:00 recovery jog (going through each lap around 1:23-25)

–          5:00 jog

–          1 lap Hard in 1:05

–          15 minute cool-down

Thursday:

–          2:15 in Soldier’s Delight (pictures below) (2 x :20 HARD/UPHILL over last 5 minutes)

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

 

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Vermont City Marathon

By now most of you know that my Vermont City Marathon experience did not go 100% as I expected it to go. I want to start by saying, it’s only a race…everyone has bad days….there are many more races to run in the future. A friend of mine (Mike Simonds) brought to my attention that it is okay to have “off” days and everyone has them. He also mentioned that another thing that has helped him keep things in perspective is thinking of people like Sarah Defren who lost her life at the Frederick Half Marathon. When you think of it like that it really is just a race and you should take some time to enjoy the fact that you are actually able to be out there doing it and working together with every single other person in the event. Another example, my wife’s grandmother (Nanny) has been sick over the past couple months and today, after my wife had been through the stress of hearing about me being in the medical tent and wondering if I was okay, she received a phone call from her father saying that it did not look good and she should come down to see her asap. Now, I’m in Vermont and my wife and kids went to go say goodbye to Nanny without me… It is also not normal for me to travel without my family and I miss them immensely! I love experiencing new places with them…

About the race:

After going out in 5:30 for the first mile I ran 5:11, 5:11, 5:07, 5:18 for the next four miles. My original goal was to run 5:17/mile and I definitely think that those early faster miles could have been a little “too” fast. I noticed I did not feel “right” as soon as 3 miles into the race. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but it was definitely a feeling of the pace not being right. In hindsight I should have probably gone out a little slower, but it sounds like the heat eventually got to everyone. By 10 miles I knew it was going to be a “long” day and I started to slow down significantly. I told myself that I was still going to finish the race as I had come all the way up to Burlington and did not want to let down the race organization, my family, and anyone else that was pulling for me. Unfortunately everything started to go downhill fairly quickly. 6:00/mile ended up being hard and eventually between 17 and 18 miles I almost blacked out twice. After the second time I almost blacked out I decided to try and continue running until I saw the next race official. When I eventually saw a race official I felt like very muscle in my body was cramping up….from my feet all the way up to my neck. I ended up sitting on the road with the help of the volunteer and they called for medics. I had expected a car or ATV to come and pick me up and take me to an “official” medic tent, but the local fire department paramedics ended up coming to get me. In hindsight I am glad they came as I was not doing well and had never felt that way before.

Now, of course I am trying to figure out what I did differently, why did it happen to me, how am I able to get in 20-30 miles in training and not have issues like this….. I can say that one main fact that stands out is in training I do not take any fuel. I complete almost every workout in a “fasted” state and only take in electrolytes and maybe some caffeine. I have to get over the fact of thinking that during the marathon I should take in carbohydrates and go crazy with carbo-loading in the days prior. I need to stick with what works. Sure I think it might be beneficial to take some carbs later in the race, but I need to stick with what works. In the future I am going to do that….and maybe carry a gel or two and use them late in the race when I actually feel like I need them…..

With all of that being said I do realize that it is just a race and that there will be many more opportunities to run races like Vermont City in the future. 

I also want to thank the organizers at Vermont City….Joe Connelly, Lyman Clark, Zeke Tucker, and all of the other wonderful volunteers for making it such a great experience for me. It is definitely a race that I would love to come back to in the future! I’m glad I had the opportunity to come up to Burlington and be part of such a great event!

 

Training Week of 5/12…1 Week Until Vermont City Marathon!

Less than 1 week to go until the Vermont City Marathon. Last week I was not really big “mileage” wise, but I was able to get in two short workouts on Monday and a solid Renato Canova style block on Friday. I had hoped to do a little bit more in the first workout of the block, but the heat/humidity took it’s toll on me. In hindsight I should have worked into the faster part gradually instead of jumping right down to 5:15-5:10/mile.

I have not mentioned much about this lately, but I did end up making some significant changes to my diet over the past 2+ months and I really think it’s going to pay off in the latter stages of the marathon on Sunday. 90% of my runs have been completed without ingesting any carbohydrates beforehand. I have also been limiting carbohydrates overall and have been eating a higher fat diet. I know that some people will think this is crazy, but my body has adapted well to it and I think I was more “fat adapted” than I thought prior to making the changes. I rarely ever ate anything before long workouts or long runs and never take anything during. Right now I have been more conscientious of what I am eating at other times of the day. I will make a longer more detailed post about the diet changes later. To keep it short it has been lower carb/higher fat, hardly any processed carbs, and hardly any sugar. I will continue limiting carbohydrates up until Thursday. At that point I will take in a higher percentage of carbohydrates to top off my glycogen stores before the race. I’m hoping this train low/race high strategy is going to pay off!

I have also started incorporating a sports drink called the Nth Degree. It is a drink that uses Palatinose as it’s carbohydrate source. It has an extremely low glycemic index and does not cause the insulin spikes that I seem to be sensitive to… I love the drink and have used it both before, during and after training with great results.

Yesterday I got in my last longer workout before the marathon. It consisted of 12 miles on rolling hills working from 6:30 to 6:00/mile and then running a 5k progression in 16:30. Nothing crazy, but I got in the time on my feet and worked down to faster than marathon pace on the 5k section.

Monday Valley Centre

-6 minute warm-up

-10k in 35:42

-6 minute cool-down

45 minutes total with 12 x :12 hill sprints (behind Sams Club)
Tuesday 50 minutes easy on turf fields (last 12 minutes barefoot) None
Wednesday none 50 minutes easy on turf fields
Thursday Valley Centre Loop

– 15 minute warm-up

– 10k in 34:27 (17:21/17:06)

– 5k in 16:02 (planned on doing 10k, but heat/humidity caught up with me

– 15 minute cool-down

(Repeating same workout later tonight…no carbohydrates in between the two)

(14 miles total)

Valley Centre Loop

– 20 minute warm-up

– 10k in 34:40 (17:32/17:08)

– 5 x 2 laps with 1:00 recovery (4:24-4:22-4:20-4:25-4:24) (4:57–>4:52/mile)

– 10 minute cool-down

(15 miles total)

(29 miles for the day)

Friday 25 minutes easy on indoor track 25 minutes easy on turf fields
Saturday 45 minutes on hilly roads none
Sunday None None

Training from the week of 5/5

Good week of training under me….recoverd well from the Frederick Half Marathon and had an excellent marathon specific workout on Friday. Less than two weeks to go until the Vermont City Marathon!

 

 

Monday 50 minutes easy on treadmill none
Tuesday 42 minutes easy on turf (last 10:00 barefoot) 40 minutes easy (first 20 pushing kids in stroller…second 20 on grass fields)
Wednesday 50 minutes on turf fields with 6 x :15 striders over last 10:00 MASSAGE from Nic Ebright at nicebrightmassage.com  Helping me stay healthy and get to the Vermont City Marathon in one piece!
Thursday none none
Friday Valley Centre Loop

– 10 minute warm-up

– 3 x 2 loops with 1:00 recovery (4:23/4:22/4:21)  4:55–>4:53/mile

– 10k in 32:13 (16:10/16:03)

– (3:00 jog)

– 3 x 2 loops with 1:00 recovery

(4:19/4:19/4:18) 4:51–>4:50/mile

– 10k in 31:56 (16:03/15:53)

– 5 minute cool-down

none
Saturday none 40 minutes easy on turf (last 10:00 barefoot) Left hip/groin/glute/hip flexor off…
Sunday none 65 minutes total on roads/turf…worked from 7:00—>6:00/mile with last 10:00 barefoot